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Perl talk [Jul. 14th, 2004|11:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Did a talk on Perlbal again, this time for the Portland Perl Mongers. Went well. xb95 filled in on a few slides, on the stuff he'd worked on.

Less questions than Seattle, but I think the slides/info were more complete/dense this time around, too. It was nice to have a lot of the stuff working that was kinda hand-wavvy when I was in Seattle.

In particular, persistent connections and connection verification.

When I was in Seattle somebody asked, "But, with all this work you're doing to squeeze every drop of performance, why's the site still slow?" I just kinda cried inside, knowing it'd get better.

Once we got persistent connections going and could do perfect load balancing, the webs were never idle when the site was slow and jobs just flowed perfectly (as fast as possible) without TCP fighting and doing timeouts.

It was nice to be able to ssh into livejournal's servers and show them the state of all 6 perlbal processes, all totally happy and unloaded, along with unloaded web nodes.

We've come far. Can't wait to "solve" the DB problem as well. That's making progress, almost as fast as I'd like.

I think it's time to start documenting Perlbal more and giving it a website/mailing-list/etc.

After the talk was beer with a lot of Perl geeks. Good conversations going on. Nice to be around a lot of smart people, and net.famous people too. It doesn't shock me as much as it used to, but it's still nice to meet new people. Whitaker's amused whenever net.famous people are around. He was like, "Tell me who else was there! Anybody I'd know?" I replied, "Well, that Randal guy with the maroon shirt talking about the party.... he co-wrote your Learning Perl book."

Dina's out watching Napolean Dynomite now. I saw it in California the other week.

What to do, what to do...

Think I broke my NES emulator on the xbox. It hangs loading it now. Something corrupt? Should recopy from my brother's.

The end.

[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2004-07-14 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh man, missed a chance to buy Randal Schwartz a beer? Damn. Keep forgetting he's from around here.

Seriously, had it not been for Learning Perl, I probably wouldn't be around LiveJournal right now :P
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2004-07-15 01:27 am (UTC)
heh he came and was a guest speaker for my internet law class down at Oregon State a few years back. He got prosecuted by Intel or something back in the day for some cyber crime.
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2004-07-15 01:53 am (UTC)
heh. Kickass. I never quite made it to internet law... always wanted to take that.

Damn the CS department. Damn them right to.. whever you damn people to. Hell?
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[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2004-07-15 01:54 am (UTC)
Hmm. Except Internet Law is in Business, no?

Eh, whatever. Damn them both.
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2004-07-15 02:05 am (UTC)
nah it was a CS class
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[User Picture]From: livemerlyn
2004-07-15 09:55 am (UTC)

Didn't stop for a beer, sorry

Usually, I'm closing down the lucky lab after a pdx.pm meeting, but I had some other business still to conduct last night. Maybe next time.

In any case, the beer (and everything else) is on me (and my company) at Stonehenge's annual OSCON party (bigger and better than ever!).
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2004-07-14 11:45 pm (UTC)
Go team Perlbal!
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[User Picture]From: marksmith
2004-07-15 12:58 am (UTC)
Dun .. dun dun .. dun dun! INSPECTOR GADGET!

But yes, go team LiveJournal. :)
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From: teemus
2004-07-15 02:54 am (UTC)

Swell. Is the presentation available for download somewhere? :D
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-15 09:21 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-07-15 10:02 am (UTC)
You broke your nes emulator? Aww man..
Let me know if you want me to send you a copy of mine (if your brother took his home already)..
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From: ex_tawneelyn258
2004-07-15 12:39 pm (UTC)
Perl is my religion
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[User Picture]From: quirrc
2004-07-16 03:18 pm (UTC)
speaking of people's impression from site slowness: maybe it's better to make a public page where people can see live plots with stats of db, memcache etc.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-07-16 03:34 pm (UTC)
Invites attacks.
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